Gibbes urges youngsters to shine
CHRIS Gibbes has told the Ospreys' youngsters the time has come for them to seize their opportunities at the region.
The former Pro12 champions will be without 11 Wales players and their three-strong Canadian contingent throughout November.
But the team management believe they are nurturing some quality players at the Liberty and are looking to the likes of Sam Lewis, Morgan Allen, Matthew Morgan and Lloyd Peers to put their hands up over the next month.
"We will be without our Wales and Canada squad players but we have young guys coming through who are going to be able to step into the breach," said Gibbes.
"Those boys will get opportunities now.
"You saw some of them against the Dragons last Friday night and it's pretty exciting that they'll have chances to back it up over the next few weeks.
"This is the next group of players we have here and it is testament to the development programme we've been running."
The Ospreys have reached November level on points at the top of the Pro12 table, beaten just once in six games. It contrasts markedly with their effort last term, when they were left struggling after a calamitous start that saw them lose their opening three matches.
"We're happy where we stand in the Pro12," said Gibbes.
"We dropped a home game to Ulster and that hurt. Then we had back-to-back losses in the Heineken, so we needed to bounce back and we did against the Dragons. We showed a bit of grit.
"There were times when we started to get a bit loose, but we went back to doing what we do well and eventually we got on top.
"The performance has put us in a good space.
"But we know there are some good challenges ahead and we have to go back to the drawing board now and get ready for Munster on Saturday."
The match at Thomond Park will feature first versus second in the league, with Munster ahead of the Ospreys by virtue of having won more matches.